Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Oct. 8

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SEOUL -- South Korea posted current account surplus for four straight months to August as people refrained from traveling abroad amid the fear of the COVID-19 outbreak, central bank data showed Thursday.

Current account surplus reached 6.57 billion U.S. dollars in August, up 1.71 billion dollars, or 35.1 percent, from a year earlier, according to the Bank of Korea.(South Korea-Surplus)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally reached 6,835,655 and the death toll rose to 105,526 on Thursday as 78,524 new cases were detected and 971 patients died during the past 24 hours, according to the latest data released by the federal health ministry.

There are 902,425 active COVID-19 cases in the country, while 5,827,704 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.(India-COVID-19)

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SYDNEY -- A fleet of tourism boats, private vessels, superyachts and research ships has set out to conduct a census of the Great Barrier Reef.

Launched on Thursday by Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, "the Great Reef Census" citizen science project has recruited more than 30 boats to help collect underwater images across 100 priority reefs over the next 10 weeks.(Australia-Great Barrier reef)

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CANBERRA -- Screenings for breast cancer fell significantly during Australia's first wave of coronavirus infections, according to a report published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) on Thursday.

The report found that the number of screening mammograms for breast cancer declined by 98.4 percent between March and April as the virus spread rapidly throughout Australia.(Australia-Breast cancer)

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CANBERRA -- Australia's outgoing Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has been nominated as the secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday

Cormann, who was born in Belgium, is the longest-serving finance minister in Australian history for having held the portfolio for seven years.(Australia-OECD) Enditem

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